Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Robin S. Garson, J.), entered August 19, 2010.
RJA Physical Therapy, P.C. v Geico Cas. Co.
Appellate Term, Second Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
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Decided on October 18, 2012
PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., WESTON and RIOS, JJ
The order denied defendant's motion to sever the claim of each assignor into separate actions.
ORDERED that the order is reversed, with $30 costs, and defendant's motion to sever the claim of each assignor into separate actions is granted.
Plaintiff commenced this action to recover first-party no-fault benefits as assignee of seven individuals, whose alleged injuries arose out of six different accidents. The Civil Court denied defendant's motion to sever the causes of action into seven separate actions pursuant to CPLR 603.
The reasons listed on the denial of claim forms for the claims at issue vary. The basis set forth on the denials for some of the claims submitted by plaintiff on behalf of two of its assignors was that they had failed to appear for independent medical examinations. For claims submitted by plaintiff on behalf of a different assignor, the denial of claim forms are based upon, among other things, a lack of coverage. For some claims submitted by plaintiff on behalf of yet another assignor, the denial of claim forms state that the claim forms were not timely submitted. Under the circumstances, we find that the claims are likely to raise few common issues of law or fact and that, therefore, defendant's motion to sever the causes of action should have been granted (see Radiology Resource Network, P.C. v Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., 12 AD3d 185 ).
Pesce, P.J., Weston and Rios, JJ., concur. Decision Date: October 18, 2012
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